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Nash Health Care Women's Center

We Deliver

Yes, we deliver babies. 

But now we’re delivering even more. Nash Health Care has built the new Nash Women’s Center – a state-of-the-art birthing center that addresses the wants and needs of the women of our community. 

We asked for your wish list. Now we’re delivering.

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For Families, By Families

Lactation Consultant

Lactation Consultation

We're Here to Help

As a patient at Nash Health Care, you have access to a team of trained lactation consultants for whenever you need them. During your stay at the Nash Women’s Center, a lactation consultant will meet with you to discuss best practices, answer your questions, troubleshoot with you, and measure your progress. If, after you are discharged, you find you still need help, no problem! Call the Nash Women’s Center at 252-962-FEED or email lactation@nhcs.org  and we’ll make sure you get the care you need.

 Currently, Nash Health Care’s lactation consultants see new mothers while they are at the Nash Women’s Center and on an as-needed basis. Sessions with lactation consultants may include information on:

  • benefits of breastfeeding
  • how to breastfeed
  • what to expect at home
  • how to tell if the baby is getting enough milk
  • how to maintain a healthy milk supply
  • milk storage (particularly for pre-term infants in the Special Care Nursery)
  • what feeding cues are
  • how to position your infant for feeding
  • correct nipple latching
  • nipple care
  • breastfeeding tools
  • pumping education
  • how to avoid common problems
  • when to seek help 

If you need assistance with engorgement, breast care, low milk production, if you are concerned that your baby is not gaining enough weight, or have other questions, please contact the Nash Health Care lactation consultants for information.

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Introducing Our Newest Arrival

The Nash Women's Center is designed to provide top-of-the-line care for the women of our community. There are more options for expectant parents than ever before. The latest technology, methodologies and practices make this an exciting time to begin or grow your family. From conception, through the birthing experience and beyond, the Nash Women’s Center is focused on what best impacts the health and well-being of babies. Our experienced and dedicated professional nursing staff is committed to upholding high standards of health care for women while also promoting a positive birth experience. In addition to experienced staff, the new Nash Women’s Center includes state-of-the-art equipment and these facilities: 

• 4 Triage/Consult Rooms
• 6 Labor and Delivery Suites
• A dedicated C-Section Room
• 16 Postpartum (Mother-Baby) Rooms
• 12 private Special Care Nursery Rooms
• 47,048 sq. ft.
• A private bathroom in every room

The Nash Women's Center features two floors:

First Floor:
Education, Sleep Rooms, Triage/Consult, LDRs, C-Section Room

Second Floor:
Mother-Baby and Special Care Nursery

Download the Nash Women's Center Handout

Inside the Center

Meet the Team

Dr. Harris

Dr. Harris

Dr. Harris

Dr. Harris from Englewood Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, and five physicians from Nash OB-GYN, Dr. Van Zant, Dr. Peyton, Dr. Collins, Dr. Hancock, and Dr. Bullerdick practice at the Nash Women’s Center. 

Dr. Harris is a native of Greenville, NC, completed his undergraduate degree from ECU; Masters degree from NCCU; Medical degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and residency training at Harlem Hospital/Columbia University Hospital System in NYC. He is extremely devoted to his grandbabies, is an avid fisherman and cyclist. He joined Englewood Ob-Gyn Associates in 1990.

Dr. Van Zant

Dr. Van Zant

Dr. Van Zant

Dr. Van Zant received his medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD and then did his residency as a member of the U.S. Army at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, CO. He and his family are members of Christ Covenant Church and enjoy camping trips and ACC basketball. He joined Nash Ob-Gyn Associates in 1998.

Dr. Peyton

Dr. Peyton

Dr. Peyton

Dr. Peyton received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH. She loves sports, especially football, and has a great sense of humor. She joined Nash Ob-Gyn Associates in 2008.

Dr. Collins

Dr. Collins

Dr. Collins

Dr. Collins received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC. He loves to travel and cook and enjoys water and snow skiing. He joined Nash Ob-Gyn Associates in 2002.

Dr. Hancock

Dr. Hancock

Dr. Hancock

Dr. Hancock received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC. She is an avid exercise enthusiast and loves spending time outdoors. Dr. Hancock did an Ob-Gyn Fellowship in Zambia for two years before joining Nash Ob-Gyn Associates in 2015.

Dr. Bullerdick

Dr. Bullerdick

Dr. Bullerdick

Dr. Bullerdick received his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. He enjoys traveling, especially to lesser known corners of the world. He worked at Coptic Church Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia for two years before joining Nash Ob-Gyn Associates in 2015.

Mary Strickland

Mary Strickland

Mary Strickland

Executive Director, Women’s Services


Childbirth Education

This weekly, four-part series of classes provides information on pregnancy, labor, and childbirth. Jennifer Kendrick, RN, BSN, Perinatal Educator at Nash Women's Center leads the two-hour sessions. Morning and evening classes are offered and a complete tour of the center is included. 

Topics covered include: 

  • The Science of Pregnancy
  • Nutrition Advice for Mothers and Babies: What You Need to Know
  • How to Prepare for your Best Birth 
  • Here Comes Baby: Labor Stages and how to Manage Them 
  • Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Pain Management 
  • Vaginal vs. Cesarean birth 
  • Breastfeeding 101 
  • How to Care for your new Infant

Breastfeeding Classes

A single, two-hour session educates mothers about the basic techniques they can use to enjoy a positive breastfeeding experience with their baby. Led by Shannon Morgan, RN, BSN, Lactation Consultant at Nash Women's Center.

Breastfeeding Support Group

In addition to classes, Nash Women’s Center hosts a Breastfeeding support group which meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM.

View the 2018 class schedule

Both classes are open to pregnant women, new mothers and babies, and their supportive loved ones. All classes and support groups meet in the Education Room of the Nash Women's Center on the Nash UNC Health Care campus, 2460 Curtis Ellis Drive, Rocky Mount, NC, 27804.

For more information, call 252-962-BABY (2227).

To register, email womenscenter@nhcs.org or register online by clicking the “Register Now” link above. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

I think I am in labor. When should I call my provider? 

Your prenatal care provider will instruct you on when to call the office if you think that you are in labor. Most providers will suggest that you contact the office if you have been having contractions every five minutes for one hour, have broken your bag of water (this may be a huge gush or a constant trickle), or if you have heavy bleeding similar to that of a period. Please call your prenatal care provider if you have any questions regarding the safety of you or your baby.

What is the difference between true labor and false labor?

If you are beyond 37 weeks of pregnancy, the following are signs of true labor: 
• Painful uterine contractions occurring at least every five minutes and lasting 30 to 45 seconds. 
• Contractions starting far apart and gradually getting closer. 
• Eventually, contractions getting much stronger and lasting longer. 
• Contraction pain often starts in the back and moves to the front. 
• Walking makes the contractions feel stronger. 
• Contractions disturb your train of thought, conversation and activity. 
• The cervix is dilated and effaced and continues to change with contractions.


If you are beyond 37 weeks of pregnancy, the following are signs of false labor: 
• Contractions occur at irregular intervals. 
• No real change in contraction frequency. 
• No change in contraction length and strength. 
• Pain usually in the front and varies in intensity. 
• Walking slows down contractions. 
• Contractions do not disturb your normal conversation, train of thought or activity. 
• No change in dilation or effacement of cervix after one to two hours of observation.

Can I eat and drink while I am in labor? 

If you are at home, we recommend that you eat light and keep yourself well hydrated. You may want to avoid acidic and dairy beverages such as some juices and milk as you may find that these products upset your stomach in labor. At the Nash Women’s Center, we encourage clear liquids including Popsicles, Jell-O, ginger ale, juice, and water. 

How can I tell if my water has broken? 

Put on a clean maxi pad and lie down for 30 minutes. When you stand up you should notice a small puddle on the maxi pad if you have ruptured your membranes because the water will collect in the vagina and leak out when you stand. If you have broken your water, you should note the time, amount, color, and odor and call your physician or midwife.

Is it ever too late for an epidural if I change my mind and decide I don’t want to labor naturally? 

As long as it is safe for you, no! Nash Health Care is committed to safe pain management, and has a 24-hour anesthesia team available so that laboring patients can request an epidural at any time. That being said, once you are 9-10 centimeters dilated and very close to delivering, you may not feel comfortable enough to sit up and get the epidural.

When can I ask for an epidural? How soon will I get it? 

While the decision lies with each individual care provider, most will recommend waiting to get an epidural until you are between three and five centimeters dilated. It takes a few minutes to get the epidural placed and another few minutes for you to feel relief. Complete pain relief may take 10 to 20 minutes or more.

Can I change my birth plan? 

Absolutely! Your birth plan is important and is used as a guide for those caring for you and it can always be changed. Flexibility is the key to a successful birth plan both for the laboring woman, her partner, and for the caregivers.

What is fetal monitoring? 

Fetal monitoring is defined as watching the baby’s heart rate for indicators of well-being during labor and birth or in some instances during antenatal testing such as a Non-Stress Test (NST ). There are different ways to monitor your baby including the use of an electronic fetal monitoring, telemetry, or a doptone (used during your prenatal visit to assess the fetal heart rate). Telemetry monitoring is like Electronic Fetal Monitoring, except one can maintain mobility including ambulation outside of your room.

How many support people can I have with me in the birthing room? 

We limit visitors to three at a time in the Labor & Delivery unit. Please discuss your plans for labor support (partner, family, friends) with your provider and make this part of your birth plan. As you decide who will be with you remember that there is limited space in the birthing rooms. Finally, as your labor progresses you may find that your needs change and you may want to be alone with your partner.

Can I take photos/use a video camera after my baby’s birth? 

Birth is a special occasion for you and your family and taking pictures is often a part of the occasion. We ask that you check with your health care team first to be sure it is okay to take pictures and ask for consent from Nash Health Care staff or other patients before being photographed.

How can my friends and family get information about me and my labor progress? 

We understand that your friends and family are excited for you and want to be kept up to date on your progress so they can congratulate you and welcome your new addition. However, health care privacy laws prohibit us from disclosing information about your status. Therefore, we recommend that you coordinate a phone tree or identify a designated friend or family member to keep your loved ones updated on your progress.

Can someone help me with breastfeeding after my baby is born?

Yes! As a patient at Nash Health Care, you have access to a team of trained lactation consultants. During your stay at the Nash Women’s Center, a lactation consultant will meet with you to discuss best practices, answer your questions, troubleshoot with you, and measure your progress. If, after you are discharged, you find you still need help, no problem! Call the Nash Women’s Center at 252-962-FEED and we’ll make sure you get the care you need.

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For more information, please submit your request below. Or give us a call anytime. We’re here to deliver.